Emil Jannings

Emil Jannings (born Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz, 23 July 1884 – 2 January 1950) was a Swiss-born German actor, popular in the 1920s in Hollywood. He was the first recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actor for his roles in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh. As of 2023, Jannings is the only German ever to have won the category.

Emil Jannings
Jannings circa 1926
Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz

(1884-07-23)23 July 1884
Rorschach, Switzerland
Died2 January 1950(1950-01-02) (aged 65)
Years active1914–1945
Spouse(s)Lucy Höfling[1] (divorced 1919)
(m. 1919; div. 1921)

(m. 1921; div. 1921)

(m. 1923)

Jannings is best known for his collaborations with F. W. Murnau and Josef von Sternberg, including the 1930 film The Blue Angel (Der blaue Engel), with Marlene Dietrich. The Blue Angel was meant as a vehicle for Jannings to score a place for himself in the new medium of sound film, but Dietrich stole the show. Jannings later starred in a number of Nazi propaganda films, which made him unemployable as an actor after the defeat of Nazi Germany.

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